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Lower 12/14/2005

By Christine Cote

Our branch of the county library is celebrating the season with a collection of 30 Santas from the collection of resident Allison Hopkins.
Some of them have been handed down from past generations and some were received as gifts over the years.
I have my own little collection of Santas that are mostly candles, and it’s fun to bring them out once a year to show off.
The library is also featuring postcards with winter and holiday themes from Greg Yacabell’s extensive collection.
Some of the artwork produced by the children who participate in the Center for Community Art’s Youth Art Program here in the township is also decking the halls of the library.
The colorful bird sculptures were made Saturday evenings at the Millman Center.
Bring your children in to see them and they may be inspired to join the group when it starts up again next year. I’ll keep you posted on that.
This month’s quilt display is one created by the late Dorothy Doan and lent by her daughter resident Susan Dilks.
As is appropriate for the season the quilt features hand appliquŽd angels on a green backdrop.
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When the Lower Township Democrat Club met last month new officers were elected to serve one-year terms.
They are President Robert Hartman Sr., Vice President John Morrison, Treasurer Al Filiaggi, Secretary Jane Bieniecki, and Corresponding Secretary Kay Turner.
Three-year term trustees are Janet Reeves, Ann Lonergan and Thomas Hartle. Two-year trustee are Rita Gulatto and Mary Manderfield and one-year are Jane Baumgardener and Bill Hartley.
Anyone interested in joining the club should call Morrison at 886-1544.
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My congratulations to all the students who participated in the Lower Cape May Regional production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” two weeks ago.
They all did a great job and the Friday night performance that I saw was on par with some professional theatre I’ve seen.
In fact, I saw a production of the play in March with Denzel Washington as Brutus and I have to say these students captured the essence, tone and spirit of this difficult play as well as those I saw in New York.
You could tell how much time, effort and dedication went into it by all involved.
Thanks for making us all proud.
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If you missed those performances and want to see some talented kids, you will have two chances tonight and tomorrow.
Tonight the high school band and chorus will present its winter concert in the year-old auditorium that is a treat to visit.
If this year is anything like last year, then I suggest you make a point to be there for the 7 p.m. start.
Luckily there are plenty of seats in the new hall for members of the community who may not have students in the show.
Tomorrow the seventh and eighth graders from Richard Teitelman will take over the stage and perform for you.
That starts at 7 p.m. according to the school and will be well worth attending if you can’t get to tonight’s performance. Or go watch both. It will really get you into a holiday mood.
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Township council meets again on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at town hall on Bayshore Road.
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Tomorrow night the planning board will meet at 7 p.m. and consider a couple of minor subdivisions; two major subdivisions – one for seven new lots on New England and one for 15 lots at 641 Route 9; an expansion for Villas Liquors; and some other applications filed by homeowners.
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Don’t let the hectic pace of the season lead to stress. Take time to enjoy your family and friends.

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